A few months ago, after years of on-and-off yoga classes, I realized I needed a break in my day to, not only get some exercise, but also clear my head and find some inspiration. I then came across a YouTube channel called Yoga with Adriene and it’s been a daily practice since, something I’ve hardly ever been able to maintain before. From it, I realized there are quite a few simple but essential life lessons emerging from the mat. Here’s what I’ve learned from my daily practice.
Truth be told, I’ve probably been nesting for quite some time now – probably, some would argue, well before I even thought about getting pregnant. But once the hormones kicked in, I went into overdrive hitting up HomeGoods in an embarrassingly cliched way.
Tony and I are recovering from Baby Shower #2, which involved the loud chatter of my very enthusiastic Cuban family (who have actually begun to rub off on his Peruvian side) and copious amounts of the very best homemade ethnic food any pregnant woman could want.
For this one, we went with a garden theme, since it was hosted in the beautiful backyard of my aunt & uncle’s home. We enjoyed one of those rare cool and clear Miami afternoons that I usually just pray and/or daydream about. Gotta say, we are both feeling very blessed indeed.
Here are some of our favorite details, including the Polaroid sign-in book, Milk Jar Mimosas, and everyone’s favorite Pomeranian, Romeo.
Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jars with Straws: Beau-Coup.com, Dress: ASOS Maternity, Flowers: Berkeley Florist Supply arranged in Mason Jars, Favorite Red Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo.
All photos taken by dad-to-be Tony Espinoza.
Happy Friday, everyone. Today’s giveaway comes courtesy of ULINX Modular Jewelry. Mine came in last week (see pic, bottom bracelet). The coolest thing about these bracelets is that they’re magnetic so they don’t need any sort of adjustment. In fact, you can play with them and rearrange them and just make them work for you at your whim. I also loved the fact that you can design your own, so you can pick your style, color, and extras.
For this giveaway, one reader will get their own personalized ULINX bracelet by doing the following:
1) Go to the ULINX site and design your own bracelet.
2) Save the design under your name.
3) Post your design to the ULINX Facebook page and tag Bubbles & Ink.
Contest ends one week from today on Friday, June 15th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Good luck!
P.S. Did you spot the hidden Pomeranian?
UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Nicole!
Romeo would like to thank his friends at Bark 4 Green for the bag full of goodies he’s been happily digging through all afternoon. You’ve gotta love a company that has made it possible for puppy parents like Tony and I to considerably curb our carbon footprint and live a greener life by offering items like organic doggie treats and sustainable pet apparel. B4G also carries tons of pet accessories beyond food & adorable outfits, so be sure to check them out.
Check out our happy puppy and his new treats below.
I can still remember the day we adopted Romeo. He was a scrawny little thing with a halo of fuzz framing his tiny face. The good people at Second Chance Rescue took him in after an anonymous breeder left him at their doorstep with a note explaining he was the runt of the litter and had little hope of surviving. Barely, the size of a CD, they took him in and nursed him into the feisty little pouf my husband picked out for me online as a gift.
Appearing more rodent than K-9, I was admittedly put off by his appearance when we first met as Romeo had just shed his first coat. But he made no apologies and with a few blinks of his chocolate brown puppy eyes, he easily nestled himself in the arms of my lovestruck husband and found a home with us that day. It’s been a little over two years now and it’s hard to tell who’s more of a sucker for that pup in our household, let alone with the rest of the family.
Recently, we reached out to the ladies who made this adoption possible about making a donation to their cause and they were gracious enough to send us Romeo’s puppy pictures since, they said, we were his “parents” and should really have them. I couldn’t agree more. Adopting Romeo is one of the best things that’s happened to us and it truly changed our lives for the better in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
My heart goes out to the pets who are abused, abandoned, or can’t find a home. And though I wish we could take them all in, we’ve decided to make a small contribution and help the cause by making others aware of how easy it is to help by adopting rather than buying your pets from a breeder and/or making a small contribution to help keep organizations like this alive and able to give care and love to these little creatures who can’t speak for themselves.
If you’re at all interested in making a contribution, you can donate online here.
If you’re looking for a pet, check out their gallery for available animals.
And, if nothing else, please help spread the word by sharing this post. Any little bit helps.